Monday, April 4, 2016

Inked up: NFL players with notable tattoos

Did you know that the NFL is going to ban its players from having body ink starting 2018? When this was announced April last year, a lot of football and ink fans were dismayed at the NFL’s take on tattoos.

Before the league wipes out ink from the players’ bodies, here’s a recap of some of the best inks in the world of NFL.

Nick Barnett: Barnett has his arms and chest covered in tattoos. One of his ink was a work by Kat Von D, and was featured in an LA Ink episode in 2010.

Steve Smith: Smith from the Carolina Panthers is a fan of tattoos. He has his arms sleeves covered in intricate ink work.

Collin Kaepernick: This San Francisco 49ers quarterback has impressive tattoos on his back, arms, and chest. Many of his tattoos are based on religious themes. His tattoos were made by Nes Adrion of Endless Ink, a famous tattoo parlor in Nevada.

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Patrick Willis: Another San Francisco 49ers player is a big fan of tats. Patrick Williams is known for his hard hits and his tattoos. He has “IM” and “ME” tattooed on his biceps and a football and the words “prototype” and “strong willed” on his chest.

Devin Thomas: Detroit Lions’ Thomas pays tribute to his son and God, by putting ink on his arm and chest.

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Jonathan Bunge here. Follow me on Twitter to learn more about my fascination with American football .


  1. Not a fan of football but I must say that football players are trendsetters and tattoos are not an exception.

  2. I have a huge crush on Collin Kaepernick next to Beckham! :)